The Story Behind Our
We build our handcrafted spirits from the ground up in Maine because we understand you can't fake genuine quality. It takes better ingredients and small batches. It requires a commitment to doing things the right way rather than the popular way. It means having the passion and patience to personally own every single step of the spirit-making process.
And it isn't easy.
We start with whole Maine potatoes, not potato starch like the big producers. We triple-distill our spirits in a copper pot still because it delivers the perfect level of refinement. We bottle and number each batch by hand to ensure its authenticity. The end result is quality handcrafted gin and vodkas that promise a true American spirit and truly good taste.
Our vodka and gin begin with potatoes we get from Green Thumb Farms, which is owned by Donnie Thibodeau, a founder/partner of Maine Distilleries. These premium spuds serve as the base ingredient for all of our handcrafted spirits because they deliver exceptional quality. We partner with Green Thumb Farms to ensure the integrity of each batch and because we believe a true handcrafted spirit can be traced back to its roots in the field.
Our commitment to using Maine potatoes is also reflective of our desire to preserve both the tradition of the family farm and the open spaces that define Maine. We are dedicated to a sustainable farming model and green practices that - while not always easy - reflect the right way to build a genuine product we can be proud of.
Our Maine potatoes, distilled into some of the finest spirits in the world, take confidence in knowing that each bottle of Cold River delivers a true ground-to-glass experience.
How We Make Small-Batch
Our small-batch spirits are made with an unmatched attention to detail. We take pride in owning every single step of the process to ensure genuine quality. We start with whole Maine potatoes and triple-distill our spirits in a copper pot still using the pure waters from Maine's Cold River. Our blueberries and botanicals are steeped for the perfect amount of time before being mixed with 100% potato alcohol to form our Blueberry Flavored Vodka and Traditional Gin. We then bottle and number each batch by hand to ensure its authenticity.
Cold River Vodka is featured on the History Channel
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Cold River is the brainchild of a unique team of Mainers that share a passion for handcrafted spirits. We set out to create authentic super-premium vodkas and gin that deliver genuinely good taste.
Head Distiller & Managing Partner
An experienced craftsman in most all things alcohol related, Chris has 20+ years in the alcohol beverage industry. Before partnering in the creation of the Cold River Distillery, Chris designed and built dozens of breweries across North America. When Chris is not at the distillery, he can be found at the Man in the Moon farm in New Gloucester, with his wife Jean and two charming high schoolers.
Both a native Mainer and a homebrewer, Joe is proud to be a part of the Cold River team. He burns the midnight oil as our full time third shift distiller. His passion for alcohol production and local sustainability made Joe a natural fit for us. Before joining Cold River, Joe had a career in fabrication and production. He also worked on a farm and spent some time in the fire service. When he isn't distilling, Joe enjoys his down time with his partner Sarah. He likes getting lost in the woods, playing banjo, and foraging for anything he can ferment.
Wife, Mother, Gin Lover. Maybe it should be Cold River Gin Lover.
Tim grew up in Freeport Maine and graduated from Freeport High School in 2006 and The University of Maine in 2011. Has been with Cold River since December of 2005.
Starting as a part time bottler/distiller in 2012, Ian has now found his happy place distilling full time on second shift. Born and raised just a few miles north west of the Cold River Distillery, Ian graduated from Greely High School in 2007. Since then, Ian has explored every end of the local job market, whether it was delivering lumber, digging holes every day at a tree nursery, or selling vacuums door to door. Married to a wonderful woman and raising two active little girls, Ian approaches every day of his life with a smile on his face.